(Closed) Head Table – who sat at yours?

posted 5 years ago in Reception
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

We only had 3 bridal party members on each side. So it was us, the bridal party and their dates, my mom, and my Mother-In-Law. 

Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

We’re having our 6 bridesmaids and 3 ushers sitting with us. 

Post # 4
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Helper bee

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alee88:  I hate the thought of separating guests from their dates, so we won’t be having one. I think we’re going to do a table just me and Fiance and have the wedding party at a table with their guests.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I had a very lopsided bridal party (5 and 3, some singles but some with dates and kids…) so we opted for a sweetheart table and seated the party with friends/family they knew at guest table. We worried and agonized WAY too much about this and our solution was exactly right! Highly recommend. 

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

We did a sweet heart table, I didn’t want to separate people from their partners (or kids!) and would’ve ended up with half of our guests up there!

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016 - Harn Homestead

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alee88:  We are only doing US and the 3 GM/3 Bridesmaid or Best Man

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I don’t like the idea at all of separating the bridal party from their dates for dinner. Our wedding party was big (5 BM’s, 7 GM’s), so a few members of the wedding party sat with us, as well as their SO’s (or a couple of them didn’t bring dates), and then many of the BM’s and GM’s (who were actually my brothers and sisters) sat at one or two other tables with their SO’s and a couple of close cousins.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

You can have whoever you want sit at your head table. Some people have just bridal party, some people have bridal party and their dates, some people have their parents and other close family members, some people forego a head table and do a sweetheart table instead.

Fiance and I will be sitting with my sister (MOH) and her boyfriend (groomsman), my best friend (bridesmaid) and her boyfriend (groomsman), one of my FSILs (bridesmaid) and her husband (MC), and my FI’s best friend (groomsman) and his girlfriend. My FSILs sons may also be sitting with us, as they’re both still quite young, but she is thinking of having them seated with her mother instead. My youngest sister is a junior bridesmaid and my little brothers are ring bearers – we gave them the option and they chose to sit with our parents instead of at the head table.

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

We had us and our parents! 

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

I think we (the couple) are going to sit at the head table with our parents, and have the wedding party at the nearest table. That way our parents can be honoured and the others get to sit with their SOs. If we tried to accomodate everyone at the head table it would get way too long!

Post # 12
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Helper bee

Our head table will be us, our bridesmaids, the groomsmen, their significant others, and a few other friends we thought would be fun to sit with us or otherwise fit best with us. I didn’t realize people separated bridal party members from their +1s or significant others. That would make me really uncomfortable if I were the significant other and maybe didn’t know anyone else there. 

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

We had all of our wedding party at the head table. 

I guess we were lucky in the sense that my Maid/Matron of Honor and Best man are a couple, and another bridesmaid was married to one of the groomsmen.  Any other SO’s of the bridal party had their own table together, and all knew each other, and we really only sat at the tables during the speeches and to eat dinner, so it wasn’t a big deal. 

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I individually asked the bridal party if they wanted to sit at the headtable or with their dates, 100% their call, and all but 1 chose headtable. The “orphaned” dates were at the table next to us seated with friends. I sat next to my groom obviously and my brother (who was also a groomsmen). That was important to me! We sat around two long tables squished together (not all on one side). Some people do immediate family too.

I dont think its a big deal if a) you give them the option b) the dates are seated close by and c) a very thoughtful seating chart is made. Sitting at the headtable is part of being in the bridal party, and its fun IMO. I love being a part of them. Not a sweetheart table fan.

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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2016

We are going to do a family head table.  It will be a long, oval-shaped table.  Dear Fiance and I will be in the middle and on his side will be his parents, sister, brother-in-law and nephews.  On my side will be my parents, brother and his girlfriend.  Our bridal party will be at round tables off to the side of ours.  They will be able to sit with their dates.

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